I normally don’t mention music events here, but this seems particularly special. Peter Hook from New Order, among my favorite bands, will be performing here in Beijing at Tango this Saturday (9/3) at 9:00 pm. Click “more” for the details. I commented before that New Order, like the Pet Shop Boys, would be a good choice for one of those mega-fashion events here in China (but of course New Order is longer together).
Cola first appeared on Stylites four years ago – in fact he was one of the earliest people to appear on this blog. At that time he was working in a little shop in 3.3 that sold some rather interesting menswear. Now, he is one of the owners of the first Initial Fashion boutique that just opened on Nanluoguxiang.
I commented that it was a surprising location for a fashion brand like Initial given the somewhat down-market or touristy nature of much of the other retail on this famous lane. Cola responded that they wanted to be in a place redolent of Beijing’s traditional culture in keeping with the design of this specific shop. The theme of the next Beijing shop, which will be at Joy City mall in Xidan, will reflect that location. Aside from the Beijing outlet, the brand has five shops in Shanghai, each with a different theme.
Photographed two years ago on Stylites, Cecaa’s brand, Mon Cheri, has recently grown into something more major. He was at the Initial Fashion opening party. The first shop of this Hong Kong brand in Beijing is on tourist-overrun Nanluoguxiang, a somewhat unexpected location for such a hip shop.
Youdi was wandering around the I.T. store in Sanlitun Village North. She is a native Beijinger studying jewelry design in Birmingham and – like most of the Stylites popping up on this site lately – came back to the city during the holidays.
Beijinger Kim likes to dress funky for his job at Japanese Brand MerciBeaucoup, but he also told me he wouldn’t mind wearing his stripey outfit outside the store.
Beijing student Zaylin attended Electric Shadows Film Club’s screening of the American classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman last night. The club had been organizing monthly free classic movie streamings on the Bookworm’s rooftop terrace in Sanlitun throughout the summer and will hopefully find an indoor venue during fall and winter.
Actress, Weibo celebrity and “it” girl Tian Yuan organized a flea market at which vendors sold both used and new clothes, accessories and other knick-knacks. The sellers and wares seemed similar to what one finds on taobao, but the event was quite special, generating a good deal of enthusiasm for all things vintage. Profits went to charity.
Roxanne is also at Central St Martins. I particularly like her skirt made from Miao minority embroidery and batik cloth. She found it at Beijing Muxiyuan fabric market.
Momo studies fashion and textile design at Central St Martins and is back in Beijing for the summer. Some of her collections are here.
Maggie, a make-up artist from Hongkong, braved last Friday’s damp heat in a classy pink and cream ensemble.
Last week, numbing heat and thunderstorms made Shanghai a less likeable place to hunt for streetstyles. I met Shanghai native An, who is a co-founder of China at your Side, in front of the expat’s favourite Citizen Café on Jin Xian Road.
As I’ve been in the US for the last few weeks, I haven’t had a chance to photograph on the streets of Beijing or regularly update the blog. To make up for the lack of new content here at Stylites, let me introduce some other English-language China fashion blogs.
In addition to the just mentioned Accidental Chinese Hipsters blog, the rather unfortunately named Chinese People have no Style gives a taste for what the “real people” are wearing. All of those who complain that my blog has little relationship to the average folks on the street should check this out.
At Shanghai Style File, Hart, the Life and Style Editor at That’s Shanghai introduces the best shops, designers, and style folks in Paris of the East.
My favorite is Eyestore, Guangzhou’s answer to Stylites. Though the writing is mainly in Chinese, photos are the highlight.
Recently everyone has been sending me links to Accidental Chinese Hipsters, a street style blog in a very different spirit from Stylites. This photo from my friend Will Moyer seems to capture that spirit. The question always is whether these people are more stylish than the usual fashionistas and hip kids appearing here.